You honestly like the Jack Nicholson “Joker” from the first Batman 1989 film starring Michael Keaton? Here are some reasons I hate that film so much. How Tim Burton is responsible for fucking the Batman franchise and came this close to ruining it.
First off, lets start off with the Joker played by Jack Nicholson himself. Ok, The Joker is NOT supposed to reveal his identity. He is not supposed to be revealed without the makeup and his real name is not supposed to be revealed. That was the number one rule with DC Comics. The Joker is not supposed to be revealed. But what does Tim Burton do? Right when the movie “Batman” starts off, it explains how the Joker turns into who he is, they first show the Joker as Jack without the makeup and his real name is Jack Napier in the film. Plus, the Nicholson Joker is fat and old when the actual Joker is supposed to be young.
Cesar Romero who played the Joker from the original TV series, the Joker’s real identity was never revealed once. No matter how amazing of an actor Jack Nicholson played his version of the Joker, his version sucks so bad because of the revealing of his identity.
Thankfully, Christopher Nolan stuck by the Joker’s rules by not revealing the Joker’s real identity in “The Dark Knight”.
The earlier Batman films from “Batman” (1989), “Batman: Returns”, “Batman: Forever” and “Batman and Robin” were such garbage, they never stayed true to the original comics. The film makers of those films just threw their own creation into them.
Christopher Nolan however, did not do that. Nolan did his homework by reading the Dark Knight comics, doing careful research on the characters so he can stay true to the Batman franchise. In “Batman: Begins” Christopher Nolan’s first film before “The Dark Knight”, if you know Batman’s history, you can very well believe Nolan stayed true to the original story. Batman witnessed his parents death as a child in a street robbery, this is what lead Bruce Wayne to become a crime fighting superhero to be trained as Batman, the Scarecrow was the first Batman villain in the comics, that is why Nolan had to start off with the Scarecrow in “Batman: Begins”, the Joker was the second villain.
Tim Burton screwed the Batman movies hard. And so did Joel Schumacher who did the other two “Batman: Forever” and “Batman and Robin”, they were also shitty movies that never stayed true to the comics.
This is why I respect Christopher Nolan so much. He probably saw the earlier films and said the same thing, “What the fuck? Why are Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher making shitty Batman flicks that are not true to the comics? It is time for me to get to work before they ruin it even more…”
So that’s what Nolan did, he went right to work asap on the Batman flicks before other film makers continue to ruin the series. Nolan saved the Batman franchise big time and if I ever meet the man in person, I would thank him so much for that!
Oh yeah, and for those who didn’t know this, “The Dark Knight” was adapted from “Batman: The Long Halloween” graphic novel by Jeph Loeb.